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Five Family Friendly UK Travel Destinations

Five Family Friendly UK Travel Destinations

New Park Manor

Frankie Collinson, founder of Tiny Travelship, shares her top five family-friendly UK travel destinations...

A holiday can still be a holiday, even with kids in-tow. Whilst a lot of things change post-baby, your love of stylish considered travel doesn’t need to be one of them.

Tiny Travelship was created to pull on the collective knowledge of mamas-well travelled to act as your expert resource for researching, planning and designing a dream family holiday. A collection of design-led, parent-first holidays curated by a global community of style-seeking mamas. From super-luxe hotels to boutique boltholes, here are 5 firm favourite staycation spots guaranteed to please the whole family.

New Park Manor

New Park Manor, The New Forest

There’s a reason the Luxury Family Hotel group is a firm favourite with travel editors and their tiny offspring. True to their name, no one does luxury family-friendly holidays better in the UK. We love their New Park Manor outpost for its fairy tale-like location in the New Forest. You’ll bump into wild horses, ponies and donkeys on your strolls and maybe even Peppa Pig (whose world is a short drive away). Back at the hotel, children will love the large grounds full of play equipment and resident rabbits, whilst parents will love the 90 minutes of free childcare you receive a day. It can be difficult to find hotels with creche facilities for babes in arms (many start at 2+), but New Park Manor welcomes babies as young as 12 weeks into their Ofsted-registered Den. Geniusly, they also provide complimentary baby monitors that work anywhere in the hotel, so you can enjoy an adults only dinner or ‘five minutes peace’ in the spa. Packing needn’t be a stress either; with everything from cots and nappy bins to bibs and changing mats provided. Hotel staff will happily heat bottles and bring fresh milk to your door every morning and evening, plus they’ll even wash, sterilise and return them to you afterwards.

The Farm

The Farm at Avebury, Wiltshire

A stone’s throw from Stonehenge sits six gloriously converted stables on a working farm. The perfect retreat for rest and relaxation in the countryside, The Farm at Avebury is a breath of fresh air both figuratively and literally. It’s self-catering but with a restaurant quality twist; farm produce can be delivered straight to your stable door, including bacon and sausages for your morning breakfast or succulent steak for your dinner. Designed by parents themselves every thought has gone into how families will use the space. Alongside cots and highchairs, nappy bins and baby baths are provided, plus there’s a beautiful communal courtyard outside of the rooms, within baby monitor reach, ideal for post-bedtime drinks. An elevated home-from-home, the aesthetically pleasing bright and bold interiors act as super-stylish sensory stimulation whilst the Pinterest worthy kitchens make mealtimes a breeze. Whether you’re after summer strolls or wintry walks in wellies there’s an abundance of scenic routes right on your doorstep. Back at the farm, toddlers will love trying their hands at being farmers for the day. A true haven for frazzled families.


Gleneagles, Scotland

If a parent-friendly holiday means childcare to you, look no further than Gleneagles. Scotland’s ‘mini kingdom’ or ‘glorious playground’ as it is affectionately known provides the perfect combination of top notch family facilities and adult indulgences – a brilliant kids club for ages 2+, a wealth of restaurants to choose from and a parent-pleasing spa, plus it is one of the greatest names in the world of golf. Toddlers will love playing make believe in the fantasy treehouse and railway carriage, whilst parents will love the opportunity to lean into the luxury lifestyle with 2 hours of free childcare a day.

Crown Cottage

Crown Cottage, Norfolk

A hidden gem nestled in North Norfolk, one of the finest corners of the UK, Crown Cottage combines 5* resort creature comforts with home conveniences like nowhere else. Originally designed as a private family holiday home, this is a gorgeous grown-up space with carefully considered children’s amenities; a gorgeous camper van bunk bed, beautiful toys and the pièce de résistance – a handmade mud kitchen, which has been perfectly positioned next to the comfiest garden loungers for grown ups. The three bedrooms, two bathrooms and pink kitchen have impeccable interiors. It’s like stepping into the pages of a glossy magazine. But what really elevates this stay is the small simple touches often overlooked; fresh flowers, local toiletries, grind coffee capsules and a knowledge host brimming full of the best local recommendations. If you can drag yourself away from the cottage you’re spoilt for choice in the local area; hire one of the picture-perfect beat huts on Wells-next-the-sea; walk for miles without seeing another soul on the sands at Holkham; or have an epic game of hide and seek amongst the ruins at Binham Priory. Crown Cottage is so special most people book their next stay before they’ve even departed the first.

The Grove

The Grove, Hertfordshire

For a city staycation full of high-end experiences it doesn’t get much better than 

The Grove, a classic yet contemporary country house just outside of Watford. This all-singing-all-dancing hotel has it all; from an excellent spa and championship golf course for parents to endless activities for children. There’s a Kids Club (2+) to rival London’s top nurseries, a dedicated splash pool for babies, a musical trail through the woodlands and even a six-metre-tall resident giraffe. Whilst rooms come kitted out with the all important Nespresso machine and Disney + on the television. A mere 20 minute train ride from North London, you can sipping an evening beverage on your terrace in less time than it usually takes to commute home.

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